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Growers ‘devastated’ as apples rot in Hawke’s Bay orchards – Stuff.co.nz

As the harvest reaches its peak, a dire shortage of workers is taking a toll on farmers.

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The apple industry is pleading for help as thousands of tonnes of fruit go to waste, devastating growers.
Due to a severe labour shortage, huge volumes of apples have been left on trees this season and the industry is predicting losses of more tan $600 million to provincial economies.
Small orchardist and exporter Bruce Mitchells family has been in the industry for more than 50 years.
This season he left six blocks of royal gala apples on the trees due to a lack of pickers.
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